Learn about Occupations
Our favourites are listed below.
Note: As outstanding as these websites are, do not rely solely on them for information. They are open to error. They did not forecast the current economic situation, for example. The methods described at Learning about the Jobs that Interest Me are highly recommended. They can give you valuable information you can get no other way.
- Working in Canada gives accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information on occupations. It describes approximately 265 groups of jobs, covering most workers -- earnings, training and education needed, job duties, skills required, work prospects, related jobs, and sources of additional information. It also contains Provincial and Local links to labour market information. Make sure to click on the "Job Market Trends" tab for trends in employment by province.
- The National Occupational Classification (NOC) provides a broader, more comprehensive description of over 30,000 jobs in 520 occupational groups. While it does not provide specifics about earnings as JobFutures does, it does offer a broader look at job duties and contains more job titles; if you cannot find a job listed in JobFutures, you may find it in the NOC. It also lists employment requirements.
- Career Videos. Here you can see "real people doing real work." We found two good sources for career videos: America's Career InfoNet Career Video Library where you can choose from nearly 450 occupations (Real Player or Windows Media Player), and VECTOR, developed by the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. It contains over 100 videos about occupations in Canada.
- Canadian Labour Market Information. Look up labour market information by province. You can learn about employment by industry and region.
Additional Resources in the U.S.:
- The U.S. Bureau of Labour's Occupational Outlook Handbook is the American counterpart to JobFutures, providing occupational and labour market information on about 250 jobs, covering 90% of all U.S. workers.
- I live in Michigan and am thinking of working for a large auto company like Ford. What kind of jobs are there in this industry? What kind of future does it have? Are there likely to be many job openings? (Go to "Manufacturing", then to "Motor Vehicle and Equipment Manufacturing.")
- I am working at a grocery store, what occupation is going to grow the fastest in this industry? (Answer: Pharmacist!) (Go to "Wholesale and Retail Trade," then to "Grocery Stores. All industries are included, like construction, finance, communication, and government – take a look.
- If you want a technical analysis of how the population, labour force, and the demand for goods and services is likely to affect career opportunities in the U.S., then you will want to read Employment Projections.